The prime minister also urged states, local governments and NGOs to decide goals for 2022 and work towards achieving them.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
The CBI has charged the Trinomool Congress leaders with criminal conspiracy and corruption for allegedly taking money in return for future favours.
The threat was issued by Yogesh Varshney, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, after he alleged that the police beat up people participating in a Hindu religious procession.
New Delhi hopes that the new line of credit for $500 million for defence procurement will wean Dhaka off Chinese military purchases.
With the Teesta pact still a “work in progress”, Dhaka had its hopes pinned on getting some sign of support for the Ganga barrage project, however, even that is unlikely – at least during this visit.
Trying to separate the Bengali from fish will boomerang badly on the Hindutva advocates.
On March 31, 2016, a flyover came crashing down, killing 27 people. The Bengal government, however, forgot that it’s been a year since the tragedy.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
The Teesta water-sharing arrangement is likely to be one of the top concerns during Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming trip to India.
The sting against several Trinamool Congress leaders, showing them allegedly accepting cash, is now beginning to bite the party
In the seventeenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua reminds Narendra Modi of his yet to be fulfilled promises and discusses Mamata Banerjee’s autocratic decisions in West Bengal.
The BJP’s baby trafficking case focuses public attention on the problem but also shields the size of it from closer scrutiny, because the ‘huge networks’ that operate to keep the trade going, continue to do so.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
The BJP Delhi chief discusses the party’s strategy in the upcoming municipality elections, how the party plans to hold AAP accountable for its unmet election promises and more.
The increasing liberties taken by the army are symptomatic of the decline in civil and military relations that has occurred because of an erosion of constitutional norms.
Mamata Banerjee has alleged that army personnel were deployed at toll plazas in the state without her government being informed and asked if it was a “military coup”.
Six states and one union territory underwent polls today, in the first vote after Modi announced the government’s decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
By criminalising Hattar for sharing an ‘offensive’ cartoon, the Jordanian state and the assassin operated with a mutual logic of accountability that makes all viewers/readers of the cartoon co-conspirators.
As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee prepares to go to Rome for the September 4 canonisation ceremony, Kolkata makes arrangements at Mother House.
The Supreme Court’s order returning land to the farmers comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress needed a political boost.
West Bengal’s cabinet has approved a proposal to change the state’s name to Bangla or Banga. The English version name will remain Bengal but the ‘West’ will be dropped.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
The state needs historic development and with it, complete freedom of expression.
The party high command has perfected the art of blowing hot and cold with opposition leaders based on their current usefulness. The most glaring example of this, of course, is the way the Gandhi family has been targeted.
Mamata Banerjee has to fix West Bengal before she can step out and fulfill her national ambitions
With more than 200 seats, the Trinamool Congress has defeated the Left Front-Congress alliance comprehensively as the poor, both from the rural and urban areas, backed Mamata Banerjee as their chief minister.
Instead of slowly building its cadre and winning local elections, the CPM rushed into an alliance with the Congress to challenge Mamata Banerjee
As much as the urban middle class hates to admit it, says political scientist Ranabir Samaddar, the Trinamool Congress’s range of welfare measures earned the party its second consecutive win, reflecting a larger socio-political churning in West Bengal.
Given the results of the assembly polls, the collective role of regional parties will become more important in national politics as the country approaches the 2019 general election.
The latest assembly election results– Assam to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kerala to the Left, and the return of Mamata Banerjee and J. Jayalalithaa in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu – can hardly be considered a “referendum” on the performance of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre […]
The minutiae of the results – vote shares, percentages, swings and constituency-wise analysis will follow, but till then, here are six major lessons to draw from the results.
The recent political transformation in Bengal and the way the campaigns have played out have made it difficult for commentators to have a conclusive stand.
Voters have the option of making a rational choice based on direct, lived experiences of two regimes.
The success of the opposition alliance will be dependent on its ability to mobilise anti-Trinamool Congress votes in south Bengal, especially those that may favour the BJP, while retaining their own supporters.
While the Left-Congress alliance and the BJP bank on the undercurrent of anti-incumbency, the TMC relies on its wide syndicate network to drive it back to power.
The opposition alliance is hoping to recapture the vote share lost to the BJP in the state during the 2014 general election. But the Trinamool Congress stands just as much a chance of capturing these votes.
The chief minister is likely to escape the full impact of anti-incumbency because of the inadequate substance and stature of her political challengers – the Left, Congress and the BJP.